Now everyone, including David Moyes, knew it wasn’t going to be an easy job replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United after more than quarter of a century at the helm of one of the biggest clubs on the planet.
What Moyes needed was a quick start. Has he got one? No. Just four points from their first three games sees them five points off the top already, granted it is early days.
United’s worst start for five years will set alarm bells ringing amongst supporters all across the country.
Most concerning will be the fact that United never looked liked scoring in the 0-0 draw at home to Chelsea or the 1-0 defeat away at Liverpool. United lacked any kind of service from midfield and Robin Van Persie’s frustrations were clear for all to see.
Yes, it can be argued that Moyes’ United have has a tough start fixture wise and have picked up the same points haul from the respective fixtures as last season but the performances must be a concern.
Transfer window woes will have done nothing to improve the mood of Moyes.
Unlike Fergie’s United, the club have gone very public over transfer pursuits this summer, most notably with Thiago and Cesc Fabregas, before missing out on both. You have to ask yourself was the pull of Ferguson as manager more than that of David Moyes now? You have to argue as well that nine times out of ten Ferguson would have got his man.
Another one United missed out on late in the day was Ander Herrera. It is believed imposters posed as United officials in Spain, (whether or not this it true is yet to be confirmed) but it all is a bit shambolic.
Then of course we arrive at Marouane Fellaini, a panic buy. Yes okay, the Belgian international may improve the squad but does little to improve the first team and can hardly be described as the marquee signing Moyes was looking for, and failed to get. When you consider the fee Spurs paid for Christian Eriksen, reportedly about £12 million, the fee of over £27million a lot more than the former Everton man is worth.
Then you have to remember that United could have activated Fellaini’s £23 million release clause any time in July, meaning a cheaper transfer. Poor management right from the top of the club.
Another thing that has baffled me about Moyes is his reluctance to play Shinji Kagawa, a world class creative player, something of which United have clearly lacked in the last two games. The Japan international had a cracking Confederations Cup this summer and the fans will hope Moyes will utilise him more before they lose him.
It’s not all doom and gloom.
Of course it is still early days for Moyes and I don’t think many expected him to have the same sort of impact as Ferguson straight away. The pressure on him compared to at Everton is immense and it must be remembered, albeit against Wigan, United have won the Community Shield.
Moyes will also learn from the mistakes he has made so far, on and off the pitch, which will help him on his way to becoming a success at Old Trafford.
Whatever the outcome, it will certainly be an interesting season at Old Trafford.